Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Summer has finally begun and is in full force. The weather is getting warmer and flows are coming down on all of the rivers. With the warm weather and lower flows comes warmer water temperatures so be sure to look for faster water in the lower rivers and watch the temps as the mornings progress. We are focusing on the morning and evenings and leaving many of the rivers alone during the hotter part of the day.

The East Carson flows have finally come down and the water is a good color. Most of the river is fishing well right now. Stonefly, caddis, and general attractor nymphs have been productive and streamers can still work in the deep pools. Look for dry fly action with hoppers and caddis later in the day.

The West Carson flows are quickly dropping so the deep pockets and holes are the most productive. Dry droppers have been working as well, so has single dry flies during the early morning and late evening hours. Stimulators, caddis and hoppers are all good dry fly patterns to try right now.

We haven’t been fishing the East or West Walker much just yet. It is still pretty hot on the East Walker and flows are holding around 330cfs. This is a great river and one of our favorites for the fall once the temps and flows come down a bit.

The Truckee continues to fish well this summer but the focus needs to be on the early morning and evening hours. With the recent warm weather we’ve been having, the water temps are getting high during the middle part of the day. During the dog days of summer we strive to avoid fishing during the middle part of the day to help relieve pressure on the fish. Nymphing has been the most productive in the deeper pools with caddis, midges, small mayfly and stonefly patterns being successful. Dry droppers can be productive in the shallower runs, especially later in the day. Make sure you have a good variety of bugs as the hatches can be a little different every day.

The Little Truckee has been at a good flow but has been getting heavy fishing pressure this summer. In these situations it’s a good reminder about fishing etiquette. Always ask which way someone is working if you plan on stepping in above or below another angler. Kindness goes a lot further than the alternative attitude. If you decide to fish up there please be respectful to other anglers! We are all out there to enjoy the fishing and nothing can ruin a day faster than an argument over fishing etiquette. Caddis, a variety of mayflies, and midges are on the menu as usual. Once again go armed with plenty of bugs in the box!

Upcoming Travel and Classes

Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – We are excited to be working with Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize and will be hosting a saltwater fly fishing trip there March 7-14, 2020. Turneffe Flats is a world-class fishing, diving and eco-tourism resort that offers great vacation options for the serious angler or non-angler. If you’ve ever wondered about saltwater water fly fishing, are an experienced angle, or just want to spend some time on the beach come join us for the amazing trip. If you’ve never hooked a bonefish, permit or tarpon on a fly there is no other fishing experience that comes close. Give us a call or visit our saltwater trips page for more details on pricing and availability.

All-Day Introduction to Fly Fishing – We have all day introduction to fly fishing classes coming up on August 24th. This is a great way to learn fly fishing in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing this is a great way to start and is a good intro to have before hiring a guide for the day.

Guide School – Ever considered guiding as a profession, or just want to learn more about fly fishing and how to teach it to others? Our next guide school is scheduled for May 11-17, 2020 and we are starting to take reservations. This is a great class that is focused on learning more about teaching fly fishing to others, as well as becoming better anglers. Each year our school gets larger so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.

Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

Come join Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at Turneffe Flats Resort, Belize. We will be hosting a trip March 7-14, 2020 and still have availability for this amazing trip. Turneffe Flats offers some of the best fly fishing for permit, tarpon and bonefish so come join us for a chance at a saltwater grand slam on a fly. The resort also offers other recreational excursions, including diving, snorkeling, eco-tours as well as just relaxing on the beach for any non-anglers who would like to join. Contact myself or Victor Babbitt for more details at (530) 541-8208.

Spring has sprung in Lake Tahoe

A quick look at the 10 day forecast for the Lake Tahoe and Truckee Area have all the staff excited here at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. It looks like the weather is going to be nice with the exception of this weekend and its time to hit the rivers and lakes, at least those that aren’t still frozen.

One beautiful thing about spring is big bugs show up and how don’t have to fish size a tandem nymph rig 18 and smaller to hook a fish. Skawlas are out and the fish always take note of such a large meal, not that you shouldn’t still be fishing a smaller BWO or midge pattern behind it or off a tag. Don’t be afraid to go big on your stones.

The flows are high as we have had a great winter with plenty of precipitation, but we still have opportunities to hit the water. The Truckee River is 2000+ CFS and even higher below Boca Inlet. The East Walker is a steady 300 CFS. High water can scare some away from fishing or frustrate those that do try their hand at it. This is the perfect time to give us a call at the shop so we can set up with one of our guides that understands how to fish high flows and where the fish should be holding.


2019 Tahoe Truckee Area Guide School Is Full But….

Tahoe has had plenty of snow this winter and its no secret that will keep our rivers healthy and cold throughout the summer has everyone excited for the upcoming fishing season. And we at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters are no exception.

We have a talented, patient, and knowledgeable crew of guides again this year with Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Chuck Regan, and myself. And a great group of sponsors like Simms, Sage, Rio, Scientific Anglers, and Fishpond.

We have been very excited to have filled all of our available spots but we don’t want you to feel left out in the cold. We will be hosting this school again next spring and we can add your name to our caller list for 2020. Also, things happen and sometimes we have a spot become available. If you would like to get on the waiting list then please give us a call or email us.

Contact Info:

Rob Baldwin (276)525-5631 or rob@tahoeflyfishing.com

Victor Babbitt (530)541-8208 or info@tahoeflyfishing.com

Fly Fishing Guide School 2019

Truckee Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2019.

We’re excited to announce that we will be holding our 8th annual Tahoe/Truckee Area Guide School from May 6th- May 11th, 2019!  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing will be hosting the fly fishing guide school .  Back again this year are top notch instructors: Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Rob Baldwin and more.

We will be covering everything from casting, instructing others, risk management, marketing, opportunities locally and beyond, entomology, a day rowing drift boats/rafts, and much more!  Rick McGuire designed this School to teach all methods of guiding, particularly Walk/Wade Guiding.  See our Sample Itinerary for further details at tahoeflyfishing.com.

Added days to our Guide School.

Our guide school will be 6 consecutive days of instruction/education spent mostly on the water. We have added days of shadowing a guide from our school or guide from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.  This is an 8 day Fly Fishing Guide School course with our finishing school being the 2 shadow days later in our guide season.  This years Fly Fishing Guide School is $1600.00.

Please call for further information:

Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email rob@tahoeflyfishing.com

Victor Babbitt at (530)545-0193 or email victor@tahoeflyfishing.com

Fly Fishing Guide School 2018 in the Truckee/Tahoe area!

Fly Fishing Guide School 2018 in the Truckee/Tahoe area!

Quick update, two weeks out and we still have a few openings for Guide School 2018.  If you have an interest in becoming a fly fishing guide here in the greater Truckee/Tahoe area, Alaska, the West etc. and or working for an outfitter, shop or guide group I do not know of any that do not require some type of guides school to have been accomplished.  There is the ability to start off as an independent guide but is always tough getting permits and or clients while competing against someone that has been to a guides school.  It is not a requirement to attain a guides license but helpful getting a start in the industry.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for one will not hire a guide until they have taken a guides school here in the Tahoe area or at one of many across our country.  We are not the only Outfitter that runs a Guides school but we are the only guides school as complete and affordable in the West.  We concentrate on teaching Walk/Wade guiding and our school includes two additional days of shadowing one of our guides on an actual guided trip.  Give us a call if you have an interest or questions, we would be glad to have you!

Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

530-541-8208

Tahoe Truckee Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018

Spring is right around the corner and so is our Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide school!  Do you enjoy teaching fly fishing to others, being outside, and sharing your knowledge?  Then now is your opportunity to learn from some of the best fly fishing guides in the area. In addition to some of our guides at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, we are excited to have Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors again this year.

Our guide school consist of 8 days total. 6 days almost exclusively on the water, and  2 additional days watching and helping a guide in action. With that time we teach you how to teach others, brush up on techniques, answer questions, and have a bunch of fun. With a half day of marketing yourself/business, opportunities outside of Tahoe, and some great speakers to follow up.  The last day of the school will be spent on drift boats and you on the oars!

Dates this year are from April 30- May 5.  Call or email now to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out or put it off until next year!  Come join us and learn from some of the best guides in the Tahoe area!

We still have a few openings if you are interested!

Contact:

Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email at rob@tahoeflyfishing.com

Or Victor Babbitt at (530)541-8208 and or email at info@tahoeflyfishing.com

Tahoe Area Winter Fly Fishing Report 2018

 

Tahoe Fly Fishing winter fishing report:

By Rob Baldwin of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

The Fly Fishing Report for the Tahoe Region this winter has been quite different from last year at this point.  The rivers aren’t sacked in with snow. Frigid temperatures aren’t turning the fish into ice blocks, and snow hasn’t affected parking access to the rivers. Trying to get a trout to eat feathers on a hook has been a nice alternative to the crowded limited runs at the local ski resorts.  We hope that we get some snow pack soon to keep the water temps down and rivers full this summer.

Simply put, some days have been more productive than others.  As expected, this winter, the spring type days have the fish and bugs more willing to cooperate. Check water temps and fish the warmest part of the day.

The Truckee river has had some unsteady flows with the rain/snow and releasing of reservoirs, but has fished well on most days.  Watch the flows on the East Carson as well but it has been more consistent than others, and the fishing has been better than I remember in previous years. Do be careful when wading around the frozen edges on the Carson. The East Walker has been fishing better than previous years with flows a little  higher there is more holding water for the fish, and we’ve seen a resurgence of a 10-12″ class of rainbows and browns. Overall we have seen BWO’s, midges, and some streamer patterns bring productivity.

Typical of winter time, the fish have moved into slower water with the cold water bringing them plenty of oxygen.  I’ve found that tightline nymphing with a stealthy approach has helped register subtle takes but the indicator rig is always a go to when the fish are in the deeper pools more than a rod length away.  Don’t forget to pinch the barbs and keep em wet for the future of our fisheries.

Contact us at (530)541-8208 to book a guide and learn more about winter time techniques for trout in the Sierras of California and Nevada.

Tahoe Truckee Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018 dates announced!!

Truckee Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018.

We’re excited to announce that we will be holding our 8th annual Tahoe/Truckee Area Guide School from April 30th- May 5th, 2018!  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing will be hosting the fly fishing guide school .  Back again this year are top notch instructors: Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Jay Swartley and more.

We will be covering everything from casting, instructing others, risk management, marketing, opportunities locally and beyond, entomology, a day rowing drift boats/rafts, and much more!  Rick McGuire designed this School to teach all methods of guiding, particularly Walk/Wade Guiding.  See our Sample Itinerary for further details at tahoeflyfishing.com.

Added days to our Guide School.

Our guide school will be 6 consecutive days of instruction/education spent mostly on the water. We have added 2 days of shadowing a guide from our school or guide from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.  This is an 8 day Fly Fishing Guide School course with our finishing school being the 2 shadow days later in our guide season.  This years Fly Fishing Guide School is $1600.00.

Please call Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email rob@tahoeflyfishing.com

Last Chance!


Last chance to sign up for guide 2017 guide school. Winter jobs are winding down, ski resorts are closing up, and summer time is almost here! Do you have a passion for fishing, outdoors, and sharing all of it with people? If you do have you ever thought about becoming a fly fishing guide? Our annual guide school is a great way to get a feel for what it really takes to be a successful fly fishing guide. Ill give you a hint being a great angler is NOT the only trait that makes you a good guide. People skills, teaching skills, organization, punctuality, and of course knowing your waters are a few of the traits of a great guide. Our instructors come from different back rounds so we can give you a better understanding of the different opportunities for guides. From walk wade to drift boats, from local waters to Alaska, and independent to working in a partnership of an outfitter.

One of the greatest parts of being a guide to me is that first fish stoke. Whether its a 10 year old with his first fish ever or its the retired guy who has fished all over but never “on the fly”. To me it just doesn’t get any better. Another perk is of course the fact that we spend all summer rite where we want to be, on the water. With no normal 9-5 schedule and no monotony of showing up at the same office to punch the clock day after day you really can just live in the moment. Not a day goes by that i don’t take a few moments to look around and take it in. If this sounds like you than feel free to call the shop or contact any of us directly for more info. We do have a few spots still open but we will be finalizing our lesson plans next week based on the amount of students.